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Pontiac seems to think that its ho-hum CUV, the Torrent, was in need of a high performance makeover. So it saw fit to nix the roof rack, redesign the front and rear fascias, transform the hood and drop the whole thing over a set of 18-inch rollers, via a performance-tuned suspension.

With that kind exterior, something had to be done in the motivation department, so Pontiac outfitted the Torrent GXP with GM's 3.6-liter V6, producing 263 HP and sending power to either the front- or all-four-wheels via a Hyrda-Matic six-speed automatic tranny, with sport shift.

On the inside, front-seat passengers get highly bolstered thrones, while the driver gets to ogle red-backlit GXP-grade instrumentation, through a three-spoke, leather wrapped wheel.

All the prerequisite enthusiast equipment is present and accounted for, so for those of you looking for a quicker way to get to the nearest grocery store, your whip has arrived.

Follow the jump for the full press release.

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Torrent GXP

Using the popular Torrent SUV as the foundation, the Torrent GXP starts with a sleek, unique exterior design that includes a sculpted hood, a revised front fascia with cooling inlets and detailed, deep-set grille inserts. The Torrent GXP's lower front and rear fascias, as well as the rocker moldings, are body-colored. The sleek look is enhanced with the elimination of the roof rack (which remains an option), lowering the look of the vehicle beyond its reduced ride height. Eighteen-inch flangeless, high-polished forged aluminum five-spoke wheels complete the Torrent GXP's aggressive stance. Chrome details, such as the door handles and dual exhaust tips, reflect the vehicle's attention to detail.

Inside, the Torrent GXP also is performance-oriented. New seats with bolsters that enhance lateral support during quick cornering maneuvers are standard, with leather-covered versions available. It also has a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel and GXP-specific instruments, including a 140-mph speedometer – all with Pontiac 's signature red backlighting. Additional interior cues include an upscale, "piano black" appearance on the instrument panel and a parallel shifter gate for the GXP-specific tap-up/tap-down feature of the six-speed automatic transmission.

The six-speed transmission – GM Hydra-Matic's new 6T70 – provides an excellent balance between performance and fuel economy. It is paired with GM's 3.6L V-6, a high-feature, DOHC engine with variable valve timing that delivers 263 horsepower (196 kW). This powertrain combination delivers performance that leaves many SUVs in the dust and rivals many sports cars, with an estimated 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds. The Torrent GXP also features a specially tuned exhaust note that driving enthusiasts will appreciate. The powertrain combination is available with a standard front-wheel-drive configuration or an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration.

The Torrent GXP's underhood prowess is channeled to the pavement via a performance-tuned suspension. Torrent's segment-leading 112.5-inch (2,857 mm) wheelbase and wide 61.8-inch (1,569 mm) track give the GXP a stable, confident road feel. The front suspension has a MacPherson strut design and the rear features a four-link independent layout. Stiffer shock valving, spring rates and suspension bushings; stronger stabilizer bars and hydraulic power steering contribute to a more responsive, sporting driving experience. Specific 235/50R18 all-season radial sport tires complement the Torrent GXP's ride and handling characteristics.

Additionally, GM's innovative StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, tire pressure monitoring system, and front and rear disc brakes with four-channel ABS, including panic brake assist and trailering stability, are standard on the Torrent GXP. On AWD models, the AWD system engages automatically when wheel slip is detected.

Additional vehicle highlights include an impressive list of standard features: dual-stage front driver and front passenger air bags with GM's Passenger Sensing System; head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection; five-passenger seating – including a sliding rear seat that offers the greatest rear-seat legroom in the class – flat-folding front passenger seat for longer cargo items; power door locks with remote keyless entry; power windows; air conditioning; tilt steering and rear liftgate with defogger and washer/wiper. Also included is an auxiliary audio input jack and an electronic driver information center. Available features include OnStar, as well as entertainment features such as a six-disc in-dash CD changer, a navigation system and a DVD player.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      And how does this help the FWD only "performance" brand? Stop wasting our time with this and get that Zeta car here Stat!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn't traction control required by 2008? Most the systems are pretty idiot proof, and rolling would require either a ditch or something equivalently deep.

      Anyways, what's with the hi-powered small SUV craze? I guess it was started by the Xterra, but now, even the RAV4 sports a 269 hp motor. What in the WORLD do you need that much power for? So your mini ute can run down pre-horsepower craze sports cars?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I Own a GXP Carbon Black Special Paint. I traded in a 2006 Torrent that I also loved and never had a problem out of. Sorry to all the have had some bad luck. But Am I die hard Pontiac Man. I really like my GXP It's my Lexus on wheels without the big price Tag. Plus it will out run it as well. Bluetooth would have been nice but onstar is great. My Torrent GXP rides nice and is build to run. I have the front wheel drive with traction control. The Leather Seating Heated. Options I didn't want was Nav and the AWD cause with the traction control and the 6 speed getting though the Snow here in Colorado,Springs is a ease. I say to all check it out if you are in the market for a nice SUV Torrent is a Hit. If it's true Pontiac will not make anymore after 2008 so you would be like me with a rare find cause right now you don't see many of the Torrents on the road but I do get lot's of looks and people asking what kind of SUV is this. My best friend just got her a Torrent GXP she loves it. But I could go on and on about the Torrent but to those who read this just take a GXP out for a teat drive Listen to the Roar and power then Go. God Blesss All.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I currently have a Buick Rendezvous Ultra. My lease is up and I have wanted to downsize a bit so I test drove many suv's acura, honda, toyota, subaru, etc.... My absolute favorite is the Torrent GXP. Handles great and looks great. I have always been partial to GM and Pontiac so I will be ordering my GXP in one month with the Carbon Black.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, KWB, I'd like to talk with you about your Torrent GXP. Hit me up at: Skrause@gpworldwide.com

      • 8 Years Ago
      looks and sounds good. However, awd will most likely mean fwd 100%, rwd if it slips...

      How exciting.

      My 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix rattles like it wants to come apart...only 60k.... koodos GM...you kept those 70's rattles and didnt give into pier pressure....oh the prick up truck ride after the first 2 years is a bonus

      Thast why a 2006 Nissan Altima sits in my driverway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once a turd, always a turd
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Saturn Vue Red Line was an odd duck, and this will likely be one too. I'm not seeing any references to structural reinforcements in the press release, and this platform just isn't rigid enough to handle a stiffer suspension and bigger wheels and tires with grace.

      The base Torrent's steering is also way too light and vague to form the basis for a sporting SUV, and if the Red Line is any indication, Pontiac won't have improved it much for the GXP.

      On top of that, with this car's combination of structural shudders and mediocre trim quality, I'd put money on the squeak-and-rattle situation driving owners insane by 30,000 miles.

      That said, I'm not an "anti-whatever-car-company" kind of guy, and GM's 3.6-liter V6 is a world-class motor, on par with the Honda 3.5-liter in the VUE. I just wish they could surround it with a more convincing SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5: because small SUVs are equivalent to midsized/large sedans, which people are moving to crossovers from.
      They weigh the same, and similarly, they get the same gas mileage.
      A V6 Rav4 weighs the same as a V6 Camry and gets the same gas mileage.

      I don't know about the Torrent... the Torrent uses dated technology.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does this version fix the regular version's handling problems?
      Does this version fix the issue where this vehicle TIPS UP on the NHTSA's rollover test?
      • 8 Years Ago
      An SUV with air intakes designed to inhale floodwaters. Hmmmmm......